Climbing Everest is getting easier, but it’ll never be a walk in ...

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Climbing Everest is getting easier, but it’ll never be a walk in the park

Two-thirds of mountaineers now reach the peak, helped by more oxygen, more ropes and better forecasts

Phoebe Southworth

George Mallory, the legendary British mountaineer, declared it “vast in unchallenged and isolated supremacy” – and the world’s highest peak remains the ultimate test of human endurance. However, climbers who try to scale Mount Everest for the first time are twice as likely to succeed as they were 30 years ago, a study has revealed.

While a third of mountaineers reached the summit between 1990 and 2005, this doubled to two thirds between 2006 and 2019, according to University of Washington researchers.

The findings, published by the journal PLOS One, represent the most comprehensive look at success and death rates on Everest to date...

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